Bharat Biotech's Covaxin will be available to state governments at ₹600 a dose and to private hospitals at ₹1,200 a dose, the Hyderabad-based company said on Saturday. Covaxin will be sold at ₹1,200 a dose to private hospitals and at a rate of ₹600 a dose to states. Covaxin and Covishield vaccines are available at hospitals and Covaxin vaccination centres, but Sputnik V vaccine is not available, which will be available soon. Mahajan's tweet had prompted SAD chief Sukhbir Badal to call her a "brand ambassador of private hospitals".
You can get the notification of when seats are available in private and government hospitals online. When the issue turned into a controversy, nodal vaccination officer Vikas Garg issued an order asking private hospitals to return the vaccines. Sidhu said out of the 42,000 doses given by the government to the private hospitals, 600 vaccines had been administered by the time the government issued its recall order. Cornered over the sale of Covid vaccines to private hospitals at a profit, the Punjab government on Friday ordered the doses to be returned with immediate effect.
Talking to the media on Friday, Sidhu said, "It was wrong of me to tweet about the availability of vaccines in private hospitals. Right now only Covaxin and Covishield vaccines will be provided to you and you can book the available slots for any vaccine you want." The government had sold 42,000 doses of Covaxin out of the 1.14 lakh doses it purchased on May 27 from Bharat Biotech at Rs 420 per dose to over 20 private hospitals for Rs 1,060 each. India's other vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India, will sell Covishield at ₹400 a dose to states and at ₹600 a dose to private hospitals. In public hospitals there will be no charge for vaccination, but in private hospitals there will be a charge for vaccination, and it will vary from vaccine to vaccine.
He also said that he was not aware of the decision to provide the vaccines to private hospitals.